Metabolic Syndrome and Aging  May Have More of A Connection Then We Think

Does metabolic syndrome and aging have anything in common?

The answer to this will depend on the source, but there is a lot of new evidence emerging that not only can it be very dangerous to us, there seems to be one major underlying cause.

There are still a lot of people that have no idea what this condition is, as it first burst on the scene in 1988.

However, what is known is that if you do develop it over time are hit the age of 50 or older, it raises your risk of diabetes, heart disease, as well as the possibility of a stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome and Aging

Metabolic syndrome and aging must really begin on what this condition actually is.

Although it has only been around about 25 years, it is believed to be as common as the cold, and as widespread as acne in teenagers.

It also is now being reported to affect at least 1 in 6 people in the United States, and about 1 in every 5 people worldwide. 

Although it can affect anyone, in the United States it can easily run in families and it is more common to certain ethnicity. 

This includes African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Our chances of getting it increases with each and every year we get older.

It also goes known by another name, Syndrome X, and is not a single disease or condition.

Instead it is a combination of conditions that include the following;

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Sugar Levels
  • Abdominal Fat
  • Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels

What is also very important to note is that if we develop it, our chances now increase up to 5 fold of developing some of following serious health issues.

The Risk Factors

It is also estimated that metabolic syndrome and aging increases the risks by (2) two times of developing heart conditions, and (5) five times the chances of developing diabetes.

However, it is also believed that we can easily slow and even stop it by doing two things; eating as healthy of diet as possible, and eliminating almost all of the added sugar from our diet.

While there is still a lot of debate about whether metabolic syndrome and aging actually has any known symptoms, there is no debate about what the risk factors are.

These risk factors include the following:

  • A large waistline; 40 inches or larger in men, and 35 inches or larger in women
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Low HDL Cholesterol levels
  • High Blood pressure
  • High fasting blood sugar

Large waistlines are the most telling sign of this condition, but high fasting blood sugar exceeding 100mg levels are also telling signs.

Triglyceride levels are considered to be undesirable fats that are present in our blood stream, and anything over 150 mg/dL is considered too high with this condition.

The next of the risk factors is low HDL cholesterol levels. HDL is the good form of cholesterol that removes itself from our arteries.

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The Other 2 Leading Causes

There is however, a lot of growing evidence that there are (2) other leading contributors and potential symptoms and they include the following;

  • Insulin resistance
  • Impaired glucose intolerance

 According to the source that I use in my references, the actual underlying cause of this group of conditions is a resistance to insulin.

Insulin confuses some people as we commonly associate it with diabetes treatment, but it is actually a hormone that is made by our pancreas.

It allows our body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in our daily diet, and then preforms the following tasks: it uses it for energy or stores it for the future energy use.

It is also the key player in preventing our blood sugar levels, especially at our age, from getting too high as well as too low.

Here is where the real connection with metabolic syndrome and aging starts to really come into focus.

Our cells need sugar for energy, but it cannot go into our cells directly. After we have eaten and our sugar levels start to increase, our beta cells are signaled to release insulin into our blood cells.

Once there, it then attaches to our signal cells to absorb the sugar from our bloodstream and basically unlocks a cell. Once a cell is unlocked, it can use the sugar for energy or store it.

How To Change Your Diet

However, insulin resistance basically stops this process and stops our body from responding to the insulin it makes. Once this occurs, over time, this sends your blood sugar level up.

As we age, this process is even more compromised, and not only are we at risk of developing diabetes, we are also at risk of this potentially dangerous syndrome.

If you do not change your diet, it is a very real possibility.

Here are the most recommended ways to change your diet to avoid this condition

  • Limit you added sugar intake to no more than 9 teaspoons for men, 6 for women
  • Eat early and eat often—this will increase your natural energy
  • Eat more fiber, fruits, and vegetables
  • Use unsaturated fats like olive oil when cooking
  • Increase your omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

When this is fully combined, the chances of metabolic syndrome and aging have just been reduced.


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